I am looking into a lighting rig for use in eastern hardwood forests, specifically for Carabidae, but have not bought or even done light collecting in years (western Washington is poor for light collecting). What is the conventional wisdom as far as bringing in the greatest range of species, and has the most power in terms of lumens? I'm interesting in seeing as many beetles, flies, etc as I can, and price is not a consideration.

Thank you!


On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 7:22 AM, Mike Ferro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Ditch the lights and go LED. Then rethink your power source. 


On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 12:52 PM, Christopher Carlton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Many different configurations of these powerpacks are available with features like jump starters, and air pumps being typical. AC inverter equipped models such as the one under consideration are less common and more expensive. Battery size and amperage from the inverter are the critical elements for AC operation. Check the specs for battery amps and maximum output, in addition to run time under various loads. 

Another thing to think about before buying an expensive inverter power pack is this. Infrequent use and chronic undercharge will kill the battery sooner. Battery life under optimal conditions might be a couple years if you keep it charged. Investigate how easy or even feasible it is to replace the battery. 

Might be cheaper to just lug around a big marine battery and separate inverter you can clip to it.

Chris Carlton, Ph. D.

Director, Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

President, Coleopterists Society

Department of Entomology, LSB-404

110 Union Sq., Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1710


From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Doug Yanega <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:34 PM
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Subject: PS Re: Alternative to gas generator
Answering my own question:

I found some customer reviews, and some quotes of the runtimes, and found this example:

"William Towardon February 8, 2013
After charging the powerpack, I tested the run time of two small appliances and one light bulb against the manual’s run times for listed appliances.
1. 400-watt heater ran 25 minutes (manual for 300-watts: 23 minutes). Recharge time: Forgot to time it.
2. 38-watt incandescent bulb ran 5 ¾ hrs. (manual for 40-watt bulb: 3 ½ hrs) Recharge time: 22 hrs.
3. 200-watt hand heater (Lasko’s “My Heat”) ran 59 minutes (no manual listing for 200 watts). Recharge time: 19 hours.
Based on the above appliance tests, I would say the Duracell powerpack is operating according to its specifications."

If it only runs a 200-watt appliance for an hour, and a 40-watt for 5 hours, that doesn't sound like it would last 3 or 4 hours running a 175-watt light rig. That's a shame - would've been nice to ditch the gas generator.

Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
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